FSA Notes By Keith L. Zanter Sign-up is underway for the 2003-2004 Crop Disaster Program (CDP). CDP authorizes crop loss assistance for producers who suffered 2003 or 2004 crop losses stemming from damaging weather.
To be eligible, you must have suffered a greater than 35 percent production loss or more than a 20 percent quality loss. The payment rate is 65 percent of the established commodity price for insured crops and noninsured crops, and 60 percent of the price for uninsured commodities.
Producers may apply for assistance for any crops that are eligible for coverage under the Federal Crop Insurance or the Noninsured Crop Disaster Assistance Program, also known as NAP.
The closing date for this sign-up will be announced later. Please call to schedule an appointment or to receive additional information.
Most FSA programs require compliance with sodbuster and swamp buster provisions. Be sure to request to have determinations made on any new land you plan to plant to annual crops. If you plan to plant a different crop on your current cropland, check with NRCS to assure the new crop will qualify under your conservation plan of operations.
Swamp buster provisions state that converting a wetland to make possible the planting of a crop will result in the loss of all USDA benefits. To avoid this possibility it is strongly recommended that producers check with the county office before starting any kind of dirt work.
2004 LDP and
LDPs are still active on some crops. Producers must have beneficial interest in the commodity when applying for the LDP.
May 31, 2005 is the final date to receive an LDP or loan on 2004 corn and soybeans. This is also the last day to turn in your assembling sheets for corn and soybeans delivered to the elevator at harvest time to receive an LDP.
Please remember to request an LDP on your grain before you lose control of it. Daily LDP rates are available at www.fsa.usda.gov.
CRP participants are required to control noxious weeds on their CRP acres. It's a violation of state law to allow noxious weeds to mature and spread seed uncontrolled. All producers must comply with state noxious weed laws to be in compliance with USDA programs. Producers not in compliance with these weed laws will be subject to penalties and possible contract termination on the acres in violation.
Producers who entered into CRP contract agreed not to disturb the cover during the primary nesting season (May 1 through Aug. 1). Non disturbance of the cover includes mechanical, chemical treatment to control weeds, insect or rodents.
Any spot treatment that may be needed during the primary nesting period requires written approval from the Clay County Committee.
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